The Ultimate Japanese Cultural Experience

The Ultimate Japanese Cultural Experience

Partnering with Japan National Tourism Organization and other local partners, Small Luxury Hotels of the World ™ (SLH) has designed one-of-a kind cultural experiences not typically available for international guests that can be enjoyed for those who act quickly. Scheduled between December 2017 and March 2018, four experiences designed as luxurious short getaways are available for limited participants with overnight stays at participating Small Luxury Hotel member hotels. Experiences range from an epicurean adventure in Tokyo with legendary sushi master, Chef Jiro himself, participation in the cultural Shunie festival in the ancient capital of Nara and a wellness retreat in Yakushima Island. Following, please find highlights of our favourite SLH experiences:   Gourmet Experience Date: December 11-12, 2017 (2 days) Destination: Tokyo | Hotel Gajoen Tokyo in Meguro Participants: Limited to 8 participants Highlights: Gastronomy is the focus of this experience starting with a private dinner at Sukiyabashi with Master Sushi Chef Jiro himself. Dinner here is reserved for local Japanese residents only making this activity alone extraordinary. Next, you will have a private tour through the Tsukiji fish market led by a fourth-generation sushi chef with a grand finale of dinner at two star Michelin Tempura Konda. *If you missed the documentary, Jiro Dreams, watch the trailer here, and see just how amazing this opportunity is to meet Chef Jiro in person.   Cultural Experience Date: March 5-7, 2018 (3 days) Destination: Nara | Noborioji Hotel Participants: Limited to 2 participants. Highlights: The first capital of Japan, this ancient city is home to a rich collection of Buddhist temples and intricate Shinto shrines, including eight Unesco World Heritage sites. One...
Experience Barcelona’s Hotel OMM for a Taste of Catalan

Experience Barcelona’s Hotel OMM for a Taste of Catalan

Rosa Maria Esteva’s culinary journey began at age 40 when she separated from her husband and needed to financially provide for her four children and herself. Without a career to fall back on, she relied on what she knew, feeding her family and friends. In 1987, she opened her first restaurant, El Mordisco with her son Tomás Tarruella, creating Barcelona’s first quick bite, fast food restaurant for locals. Since 1987, Rosa Esteva, led by an innate sense of hospitality, innovative vision and ferocious drive, has created Barcelona’s design savvy hospitality group, Grupo Tragaluz, with her son operating 18 leading restaurants throughout Barcelona and Madrid, each with their own distinct style and cuisine. In addition to combining an innovative combination of design, cuisine and atmosphere, her success can be attributed to her relentless attention to details, endless curiosity, and ongoing fine tuning based on customer’s feedback. While the restaurants operate in partnership with her son, Hotel Omm is her sole project with her presence visible and alive in every detail. Opening in 2003, Rosa Maria Esteva applied her restaurant recipe directly to developing Hotel Omm. A recipe weighted on being first to offer a unique concept in design, cuisine, atmosphere and location, welcoming both locals and visitors. Contemporary design is at the forefront of this hotel as is Rosa Maria Esteva’s admiration for contemporary art with works thoughtfully placed throughout Hotel Omm. These artworks are not only part of the design collection, but personal accolades of her friendships with artists and designers, each with specific meaning. In the lobby, metallic cubes stacked in the corner represent a welcoming cypress tree...
Singapore’s New Live Jazz Club Opens with Artist Omar Lye Fook

Singapore’s New Live Jazz Club Opens with Artist Omar Lye Fook

Discover an international mix of emerging and established talent at Singapore’s newest upscale music club.  As their sixth international location, the Montreux Jazz Café selected Singapore as their newest location and first in Asia. Paying homage to musical legends and an ambassador of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Café combines the late festival founder, Claude Nobs’ two passions, live music and gastronomy. Nobs was known for his signature dishes prepared for artists throughout the festival, and menu items, such as Ella’s Cheesecake, named after Ella Fitzgerald, and the Quincy Jones Chicken celebrate these musical legends. The design of the club incorporates original festival memorabilia, including 50 years of live recorded festival performances and elegantly positioned black and white festival photography of world famous musical talent. Table top and bar seating positioned in view of the stage provides you with a comfortable experience to enjoy live performances while enjoying the extensive contemporary menu and cocktails. As a gateway to Asia, the Singapore venue aims to be a platform for emerging and established artists with weekly live performances. While Jazz has consistently been a component of their musical offering, the Festival expanded its range of talent since its inception in 1967 to include rhythm and blues, rock, pop and hip hop. Mirroring the Festival, the Café features musical talent both local and international, offering you a broad range of music to enjoy. British, neo-soul performer Omar Lye Fook, a regular performer at the Montreux Jazz Festival kicked off the Café’s opening in October 2016 introducing his unique sound to Singapore. Omar is a great example of the calibre of talent that...
Meet Chef Hyde of Maggie Joan’s | A Young Talent to Watch

Meet Chef Hyde of Maggie Joan’s | A Young Talent to Watch

  Inspired by the owners’ Greek grandmothers, who championed a Mediterranean spirit of gracious gatherings around food and friends, the restaurant name Maggie Joan’s was born.  A secret entrance in the back ally of Gemmill Lane sets the tone for the downtown chic vibe that waits for you beyond the rustic iron door entrance. With dim lighting, a curated mix of eclectic sound, and industrial designed interiors softened with rich woods, guests are invited to comfortably settle in for a glorious culinary journey. While seating is divided into three sections, the middle section of church pew banquette seating under oversized copper chandeliers is the ideal location, properly positioned for a direct view of the bustling open kitchen. A bowl of ripe multi-colored heirloom tomatoes next to a freshly baked plum tart sits on the subway tiled kitchen counter hinting to the cuisine’s artisanal nature. The food is simply crazy good and speaks directly to the talent of the young Executive Chef, Oliver Hyde. Growing up on the countryside of Norwich, England, farm to table cuisine was simply how Chef Oliver Hyde was raised. His Michelin star training set the foundation for his creative balance of flavors and precise determination to only deliver perfection. Whether you are living in Singapore or passing through, this is one restaurant to include on your itinerary. To learn more about this talented Chef and Maggie Joan’s, please read our interview with Chef Oliver Hyde and facts section.  Link to Maggie Joan’s Picture Gallery  Interview with Oliver Hyde, Head Chef, Maggie Joan’s TL: I understand that you grew up with a father and grandmother that were Chefs,...
FOOD ZURICH | A Guide To Zurich’s First Citywide Food Festival

FOOD ZURICH | A Guide To Zurich’s First Citywide Food Festival

This September, FOOD ZURICH is launching the first citywide annual food festival showcasing Zurich’s dynamic culinary offering. From September 8-18, 2016, over 100 culinary events throughout Zurich are focusing on celebrating haute cuisine, street food and everything in-between. Kicking off the food festival is the Opening Party at Jelmoli fine foods market. This event is bringing together an international mix of Zurich’s top hotel chefs with culinary representatives from Spain’s Basque region to present an unforgettable tasting event. Multicultural tastings continue over the 11 days with a Street Food Festival hosted by 70 local vendors preparing international tastings from tacos, dumplings, and truffle eggs to Korean Soul Food and strudel. Other interactive events incorporate art and food, sustainable food themes, international food and beverage workshops and tastings, festival menus from 70 participating restaurants, and a number of cultural foodie tours. With such a diverse line-up of events, there is something for everyone, locals, visitors, novices, and experts, alike. Be sure to read our recommended events section and learn how the co-founder, Simon Mouttet, and his partner were inspired to create FOOD ZURICH.   Interview with Simon Mouttet, Co-Founder of FOOD ZURICH TL: Can you tell us about you and your co-founders backgrounds? What was your inspiration for the event and why is 2016 the perfect time to launch this culinary event? SM: I was previously with Zurich Tourism, and my co-founder, Alexandra Heitzer, was the producer of a gourmet event in Zurich, Il Tovola. We were impressed with the food festivals throughout Europe, such as the Copenhagen Food Festival, so we teamed up with Zurich Tourism to bring foodies...
The Epicure | Zurich’s Michelin Star-Studded Culinary Event

The Epicure | Zurich’s Michelin Star-Studded Culinary Event

This September, for the third consecutive year, Chef Heiko Nieder of the Dolder Grand Hotel is orchestrating Zurich’s most prestigious fine dining event, The Epicure. Awarded two Michelin Stars and 18 GaultMillau points, Chef Nieder is the perfect founder to bring together an extraordinary group of international culinary masterminds including 12 Michelin Star Chefs, Pastry, Wine and Spirit Specialists from Europe and the USA for this five-day gourmet experience. The highlight of the Epicure is the four Evenings events allowing guests to indulge in an exclusive eight-course menu prepared by Chef Nieder together with a guest three Michelin Star Chef. Throughout the week, guests can participate in individual Master Classes led by world-renowned experts on spirits, wines, caviar, cigars, and of course, chocolate. Closing the Epicure is The Final, an informal gathering inviting guests to mix and mingle with like-minded foodies and great talent while enjoying the Chefs’ innovative specialties coupled with fine wines and cocktails mixed to perfection by Diageo’s World Class Champion. This is one event that you will want to book early as individual events sell out months in advance. Read our exclusive interview with Chef Heiko Nieder as he tells us about the development of Zurich’s fine dining scene, his inspiration for The Epicure, and what to look forward to in September.   Interview with Chef Fine Dining, Heiko Nieder of the Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland TL: How is the interest in Gourmet Dining developing in Zurich and what are customers asking for in their gourmet dining experience? HN: Zurich is becoming a food destination. Over the last few years, an increasing number of fine...

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